Waterside Chat: Join the Conversation

Waterside Chat Online Discussion Series

The Network’s Waterside Chat online discussion series connects people who depend on healthy oceans and fisheries with the issues that directly affect them and their communities. In each edition, Network Deputy Director Tom Sadler talks with guests about current ocean policy and fisheries management topics and what policy decisions mean for people’s livelihoods, communities, recreation, and coastal ways of life. Join the Network’s email list to learn about future Waterside Chat sessions.

July 27, 2022: Jen Levin of True Fin

Jen Levin, the president of sustainable seafood supplier True Fin, joined Waterside Chat host Tom Sadler on Wednesday, July 27th for a lively and wide-ranging conversation about the seafood industry in the Gulf of Maine and much more. They discussed:

  • How True Fin buys directly from more than 35 fishing boats in three states
  • How high-quality fish-handling processes open new markets for seafood from the Gulf of Maine
  • What the Japanese word ikejime means and why it’s relevant to their work
  • How climate change is altering Gulf of Maine ecosystems, and why it means that the fishing industry needs to diversify into areas like under-utilized fin fish. Could lobsters eventually disappear from the Gulf?
  • How new approaches could help smaller fisheries compete with massive seafood imports

May 25, 2022: The Latest on Bristol Bay and Pebble Mine

Sam Snyder of the Wild Salmon Center and Scott Hed with Businesses for Bristol Bay joined Waterside Chat host Tom Sadler on May 25, 2022. They talked about:

  • The EPA’s May 25th announcement of a proposed determination to prohibit and restrict the use of certain waters in the Bristol Bay watershed as disposal sites for the discharge of dredged or fill material associated with mining under Clean Water Act Section 404(c)
  • Background on the Bristol Bay watershed, which supports some of the richest salmon fisheries on the planet, along with the people and wildlife who depend on them
  • The threat posed by the proposed Pebble Mine
  • Concrete actions you can take to help protect this vital resource and national treasure

April 20, 2022: Rick Crawford

Rick Crawford joined Waterside Chat host Tom Sadler in April 2020. Rick is the creator and host of The Sustainable Angler, an award-winning podcast, and founder of the Fly Fishing Climate Alliance. They talked about:

  • Rick’s love of the Low Country, and how his concern for his children’s future there drives his work. In his eyes, addressing climate change is fundamentally conservative.
  • The everyday effects of a changing climate he sees in Charleston, South Carolina, including sunny-day flooding and changes in the tides.
  • How he helps companies make the business case for sustainability.
  • How fly fishing guides, shops, lodges and brands can be a model for other industries if the move to net-zero carbon emissions.

March 16, 2022: Chef Dana Honn

Listen as Chef Dana Honn, chef-owner of Carmo in the Warehouse District of New Orleans, Louisiana talks with the Network’s Tom Sadler about seafood, fish sourcing, the culinary world and his involvement in marine resource advocacy. Among many other topics, they discussed:

  • How “origin-to-table” goes beyond “farm-to-table,” and why it’s important to know the traditions behind what’s on your plate.
  • Why it is important to know your suppliers, from fishermen to distributors.
  • The pros and cons of serving up roughly 85 different species of seafood in Chef Honn’s restaurant. (Most restaurants rotate among 10 different species on average.)
  • Why improving seafood sustainability depends on building a stronger community.
  • The secret to cooking good fish at home. (Hint: Aretha Franklin sang about it.)

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January 21, 2022: Linda Behnken

Our first Waterside Chat guest, Linda Behnken, has fished the waters off Alaska her entire adult life. She is executive director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA) and co-chair of the Marine Fish Conservation Network’s Policy Council. The Network’s Deputy Director Tom Sadler talked with Linda about her experience fishing in Alaska, her work with ALFA and her thoughts on the impact of climate change on fisheries management and fishing communities.

Watch the video to learn:

  • Why policy discussions should not be climate vs. jobs, but instead about climate AND jobs.
  • Why Alaska is ground zero for climate change, and what Linda recommends the Biden administration do to ensure climate policy keeps pace with the changes she sees all around her.
  • How shifting fish stocks are impacting Alaska’s Indigenous cultures and economies.
  • How Linda’s sons are becoming part of the next generation of fishermen, and what ALFA and others are doing to ensure they carry the conservation torch and have a prosperous commercial fishing future.
  • And much more.

The Network’s next Waterside Chat will take place in May. Please join us!